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Forestry commission ends burn ban

Sat, 03 Dec 2016 01:22:03 GMT

Gov. Phil Bryant signed a proclamation Friday, lifting the burn ban that has been in effect across the state since Oct. 11. The Mississippi Forestry Commission requested the ban be lifted due to the amount of precipitation received Monday and Tuesday, with more wet weather forecasted this weekend., according to a news release. In the release State Forecaster Charlie Morgan said "We would like to commend our MFC employees, and thank local Volunteer Fire Departments, who have done an outstanding job during this dangerous time.

These University of Mississippi Freshman Have the Fanciest Dorm Room You'll Ever See

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 21:16:49 GMT

When you think back to your freshman dorm room, the word fancy probably doesn't come to mind. But that certainly won't be the case for two University of Mississippi students, Lindy Goodson and Abby Bozeman, who transformed their cramped quarters into an extravagant hotel-quality masterpiece worthy of being featured on HGTV.

Blue Cross foundation boosts Northeast initiative

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 14:49:25 GMT

Northeast Mississippi Community College decked the fountain with rowers and spin bikes to celebrate creating a healthier culture on campus. The work started last year when Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation donated $308,000 to kick off the fit-NEss initiative.

Miss. gets $33M in federal funds for emergency operations

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 08:44:13 GMT

A federal grant totaling $33 million is coming to Mississippi to be used to beef up coordination among emergency responders statewide.

GridIron Classic broadcast stations announced

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 05:02:05 GMT

The Mississippi High School Activities Association and PlayOn! Sports, are pleased to announce the 2016 Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi GridIron Classic State Football Championships will be available LIVE on the NFHS Network and a Statewide Network of Commercial Television affiliates.

Our Opinion: Energize state effort for grade-level reading

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 16:26:40 GMT

Mississippi this week launched a collaborative effort to raise the statewide reading proficiency level, beginning with children from low income families, the hardest group to lead to mastery and reading comprehension. The program - the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading - ideally could involve virtually every person, program and institution engaged in helping children learn, including parents.

Sampling History: From Pluto to Pascagoula comes best-selling author to speak on the Delta

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 11:44:06 GMT

"The New York Times" best-selling author Richard Grant will be in Pascagoula on Tuesday to discuss his latest book "Dispatches from Pluto," a highly acclaimed work that delves into the heart and soul of life in the Mississippi Delta. A former resident of London, England, Grant decided to write about the Delta and to do so moves to a little place called Pluto, Miss., where he and his future wife, Mariah, purchased an old home and began to settle in to a uniquely new existence.

Row rice farmers, specialists, consultants learning on the go

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 03:54:33 GMT

As farmers experiment with furrow-irrigated or row rice, they're reaching out to university researchers, consultants and other farmers for advice about how to make the new approach to growing rice work. Dustin Harrell, Extension rice specialist with the LSU AgCenter, says most of what he knows about row rice he's learned from talking to farmers, consultants and university specialists in Arkansas and Mississippi.

Burn bans lifted for Wayne, Lamar counties

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 21:02:36 GMT

Burn bans have been lifted for some counties in the Pine Belt. According to the Mississippi Forestry Commission, burn bans have been lifted for Lamar and Wayne counties.

Alfa Insurance Responds to Severe Weather Damage in Alabama, Mississippi

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 16:47:33 GMT

Alfa Insurance agents and adjusters are at work to help policyholders affected by severe weather that struck parts of Alabama and Mississippi yesterday and overnight. Alfa has more than 100 claims adjusters ready to serve customers.

Our Opinion: Big issues demand full and honest examination

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 14:36:28 GMT

Some time between Thanksgiving and Christmas every year, serious conversations become more frequent about the key topics expected to see action in the next legislative session. Daily Journal Capitol reporter Bobby Harrison and Associated Press writer Emily Wagster Pettus have both written extensively about two much-discussed topics: education policy and transportation infrastructure.

Chris' Commentary: Imagine 3 trophies to honor 3 MS greats

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 10:28:02 GMT

Ole Miss tight end Evan Engram continued a Big 3 trend in the Conerly Trophy. A Bulldog, Golden Eagle or Rebel has won the Conerly in each of the last 8 seasons.

2016 Mississippi Bowl pits No. 3 East Mississippi against No 13 Kilgore Sunday in Perk

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 06:37:49 GMT

The first Sunday in December is this week and that means it's time for the annual Mississippi Bowl. The newly renovated A.L. May Stadium in Perkinston will be the location for the 2016 Mississippi Bowl set to kick off Sunday at 2 p.m. No.

Crooked vendor of drug tests, convicted in Mississippi, did business with Louisiana prisons

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:44:51 GMT

Mark Longoria, the 53-year-old CEO of Houston-based Drug Testing Corp., leaves the federal courthouse in Jackson, Miss., Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, after pleading guilty Wednesday to a felony count of conspiracy as part of a prison bribery scheme centering on former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps. Longoria said he paid nearly $230,000 to businessman Cecil McCrory as a commission for sales that Longoria's company made to the Mississippi prison system.

Crooked vendor of drug tests, convicted in Mississippi, did business with Louisiana prisons

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 04:44:50 GMT

A vendor of drug-test kits who is awaiting sentencing in federal court for bribing the longtime head of Mississippi's corrections department was the point man on a similar contract with Louisiana's prison system for years. The vendor, Mark Longoria, of Houston, was also a close personal friend of Jimmy LeBlanc, Louisiana's top corrections official.

Jana's Closet/Photo credit: Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 02:31:49 GMT

The Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services held open house on Tuesday in Laurel for the newly established Jana's Closet, a resource for MDRS clients in need of work appropriate clothing. Jana's Closet is named after Jan Walley, an MDRS employee who passed away from ovarian cancer in June 2012.

Tornado watch issued for Shoals area until 11 p.m.

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:25:47 GMT

The National Weather Service issued a tornado watch for northwest Alabama as well as parts of Mississippi and southern Tennessee until 11 p.m. The watch included Colbert, Franklin and Lauderdale counties in Alabama. It also included Chester, Hardin, Hardeman, Lawrence, McNaury and Wayne counties in southern Tennessee and 18 counties in Mississippi.